Microsoft Edge Chromium comes with “IE Mode” that allows to use the legacy Internet Explorer engine to load old websites that otherwize will break in the new modern browser.
Although IE Mode has been designed primarily for organizations to load internal sites without the need to use a separate browser or having to redesign the site, it’s also possible to use the feature to load external websites. However, it involves additional steps, and you must specify a list with the sites that you want to render with IE Mode on Edge using Group Policy.
How to create Enterprise Mode Site List for IE Mode on Microsoft Edge
To load external websites with with IE Mode on Edge (Chromium), you need to enable the feature and create a list of sites using these steps:
Search for gpedit and click the top result to open the Group Policy Editor.
Browse the following path:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Microsoft EdgeQuick tip: If the “Microsoft Edge” folder isn’t available, then you don’t have the required Group Policy templates. In this case, use these instructions, and then return to these steps.
Double-click the Configure Internet Explorer integration policy.
Select the Enabled option to enable IE Mode for Microsoft Edge.
Under the “Options” section, select the Internet Explorer mode from the dropdown menu.
Click the Apply button.
Click the OK button.
Double-click the Configure the Enterprise Mode Site List policy.
Select the Enabled option.
Under the Options section, specify the path for the xml file containing a list of websites you want to render with the Internet Explorer engine. The file can be hosted on the network, site location, or stored locally on your device:
Quick tip: If you don’t already have an “sites.xml” file with a list of website that you want to use with IE Mode on Microsoft Edge, then refer to the Creating Enterprise Site XML list steps below.
- HTTPS location:
- Local network file:
- Local file:
- HTTPS location:
- Click the Apply button.
- Click the OK button.
Once you complete the steps, websites will render in compatibility mode, and you’ll notice a familiar IE icon on the left side of the address bar letting you know the website is using Internet Explorer.
Creating Enterprise Site XML list
To create an XML file with the list of sites that you want to load with Microsoft Edge IE Mode, use these steps:
Copy and paste the following code structure example in the text file:
<site-list version="205"> <!--- File creation header ---> <created-by> <tool>EnterpriseSitelistManager</tool> <version>10240</version> <date-created>20150728.135021</date-created> </created-by> <!--- Begin Site List ---> <site url="website-domain1.com"> <compat-mode>default</compat-mode> <open-in>IE11</open-in> </site> <site url="website-domain2.com"> <compat-mode>default</compat-mode> <open-in>IE11</open-in> </site> </site-list>Important: When copying and pasting the Enterprise Mode v.2 XML schema example file, make sure your file looks exactly the same. Also, remember to check
website-domain2for the websites you want to load with IE Mode. For more information creating a list of websites for IE Mode check this Microsoft support website.
(Optional) If you need to add more than two websites to list, then add another bracket for every site.
<site url="website-domain2.com"> <compat-mode>default</compat-mode> <open-in>IE11</open-in> </site>
Click the File menu.
Click the Save As option.
Use the sites.xml name for the file.
Click the Save button.
After you complete the steps, you can use the file to load websites on IE Mode on Microsoft Edge using the Configure the Enterprise Mode Site List policy with the above instructions.